• School of Engineering and Applied Science, Aston University

    B4 7ET Birmingham

1986 …2019
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General

Sahar Al-Malaika is a Professor of Polymer Science at Aston University, specialising in antioxidant chemistry, polymer modification, oxidation/ageing, stabilisation and lifetime performance (first and subsequent lives).  Most of her professional career has been spent at Aston University where she leads the Polymer Processing and Performance Research Unit.  

Research Interests

  • Chemistry of polymers:  their processing, modification, oxidation (photo, thermal, bio) and stabilisation
  • Chemistry of antioxidants & additives in polymers - natural & from renewable resources, synthetic & novel non-migratory antioxidants:  synthesis, mechanisms and applications
  • Chemistry of vitamin E and its role in polymer applications including orthopaedic implants
  • Reactive processing, in-situ modification and functionalization of polymers
  • Lifetime performance of polymers including human-contact applications
  • Environmental aspects of plastics, recycling, biodegradability, compostability & upgrading performance of second-life polymer products
  • Polymers, Blends and Nanocomposites: processing, performance and stability under aggressive environments

Teaching Activity

My teaching reflects my research interest, delivering modules in  polymer Science and Organic Chemistry to all the chemistry, chemical Engineering and CEAC programmes.  This involves lectures, tutorials, supervision of experimental research projects, literature projects, and polymer laboratory classes. 

Qualifications

BSc (Hons), MSc, PhD, C.Chem, FRSC, FIMMM

Membership of Professional Bodies

  • Chartered Chemist
  • Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry
  • Fellow of the Institute of Materials Minerals and Mining

Contact Details

Phone number: +44 (0)121 204 3372
Email: S.Al-Malaika@aston.ac.uk
Room Number: MB114

External positions

President of European MODEST Society

20122022

President of the Lichfield Science and Engineering Society

20112013

Chairperson of International Conference-PDDG

20092023

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Research Output 1986 2019

Impact of anti-ageing compounds on oxidation ageing kinetics of bitumen by infrared spectroscopy analysis

Omairey, E. L., Zhang, Y., Al-Malaika, S., Sheena, H. & Gu, F., 12 Jul 2019, In : Construction and Building Materials. 223, p. 755-764 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

asphalt
Infrared spectroscopy
Aging of materials
Oxidation
Kinetics

Durability of crosslinked polyethylene in human-contact applications: Stabilisation challenges

Al-malaika, S. & Jefferies, C., 11 Jul 2018, AIP Conference Proceedings. AIP, Vol. 1981. 020002. (AIP Conference Proceedings; vol. 1981).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Open Access
File
Polyethylene
Polymers
Durability
Stabilization
Antioxidants
Infrared spectroscopy
Aging of materials
Kinetics
Oxidation
Screening

Additives for Plastics

Al-malaika, S., Axtell, F., Rothon, R. & Gilbert, M., 2017, Brydson's Plastics Materials. Elsevier, p. 127-168

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Editorial

Al-malaika, S., 31 Oct 2017, In : Polymer Degradation and Stability. 145, p. 1

Research output: Contribution to journalEditorial

Thesis

A study of mechanochemical reactions of spin traps in hydrocarbon polymers

Author: Zarif Najafi Nooshin, M., Sep 1990

Supervisor: Al-Malaika, S. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy

File

A study of nitroxyl radical precursors as photostabilisers for polymers

Author: Omikorede, E. O., 1984

Supervisor: Al-Malaika, S. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy

A study of phosphorus-containing antioxidants in polyolefins

Author: Sharma, P., 1988

Supervisor: Al-Malaika, S. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy

Biodegradable thermoplastic polyurethanes

Author: Goodby, A., 18 Jun 2015

Supervisor: Al-Malaika, S. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy

File

Chemical modification of polymers

Author: Jin, L., 1988

Supervisor: Al-Malaika, S. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy

File

Prizes

Chairperson of the International Conference PDDG

Sahar Al-Malaika (Recipient), 2009

Prize: Election to learned society

President of the European MoDeSt Society

Sahar Al-Malaika (Recipient), Sep 2012

Prize: Election to learned society

president
Society

President of the Lichfield Science and Engineering Society

Sahar Al-Malaika (Recipient), 2011

Prize: Election to learned society

president
engineering
science
Society

Activities 2009 2018

  • 12 Invited talk
  • 7 Examination
  • 1 Membership of network

9th International 'TOP' Conference

Sahar Al-Malaika (Invited speaker)
Jun 2018

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

External Examiner for PhD Candidate

Sahar Al-Malaika (Examiner)
May 2018

Activity: Examination typesExamination

10th International MODEST Conference

Sahar Al-Malaika (Keynote speaker)
Sep 2018

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

32nd International PDDG Conference

Sahar Al-Malaika (Keynote speaker)
Sep 2017

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

International MODEST Workshop

Sahar Al-Malaika (Keynote speaker)
May 2017

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk